We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players. We take batting practice until our hands bleed.
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square.
The bat is gone, but the smile remains.
Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion.
My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica.
I found myself in a race with Mother Nature to play as much baseball as I could before she forced me to stop.
Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.
To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.
People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can't think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can.
I loved to hit with men on base and with the game on the line.
I'm proud of the fact that I'm the only player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium.
I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself.
It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know.
When we make a mistake, it becomes front-page news. We don't need any reporter telling us how badly we played.
Oakland revolved around Forbes Field. Nothing in the city could match that atmosphere.
I've witnessed thousands of superior athletes try to becomes hitters and fail at it.
Reporters often forget that athletes are human beings.
If a reporter doesn't like the person he's writing about, it shows up in his article.
I flailed my arm in a throwing motion before I could even walk.
I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.
I gave out stars whenever an appropriate situation presented itself.
I don't really feel that I deserve all my applause.
I wasn't out drinking and abusing my body. I simply loved to go out and dance.